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Literature: The Incredible Worlds of Wally McDoogle
aka: The Incredible Worlds Of Wally Mcdoogle
The Incredible Worlds Of Wally McDoogle is a series of books by Bill Myers, which follow the strange adventures of Wally, the world's most accident-prone kid, and his friends Wall Street and Opera, always ending with an Aesop derived from Christianity.

This series provides examples of:

  • Added Alliterative Appeal: The titles of the books consistently started doing this with book 5: My Life As Dinosaur Dental Floss.
  • All Just a Dream: My Life As A Toasted Time Traveler "My Life As a Splatted Flat Quarterback" "My Life As a Stupendously Stomped Soccer Star".
  • Animal Wrongs Group: Save The Snails
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Carrie, Wally's little sister, who rather comes across as a Sally Expy
  • Anti-Hero: Opera is a Type I. Wally is a Type II. Wall Street alternates between Type I and Type V.
  • Bad Future: My Life As A Toasted Time Traveler.
  • Bound and Gagged: Happens in several of the books.
  • The Bully: Gary and Maddog.
  • Chew Toy: Basically, the whole premise of the series is that Wally is an extreme one of these.
  • Character Development: Subverted, Wally's dad wants Wally to 'be a man' and that writing seems lame. Come book #11, where Dad, after Wally saves the town, accepts that Wally wants to be a writer and thinks he's a man. Unfortunately, after that book, Dad's back to wanting Wally to be a man and that writing seems lame. Though that may be because of how book #11 "Polluted Pond Scum", is the semi-Grand Finale of the series.
    • Gary the Gorilla, the local bully, also gets some in the first book, and even seems to be becoming friends with Wally, but it's still subverted, in all proceeding books, he's back to bullying everyone.
  • Characterization Marches On: The male "Save The Snails" terrorist. In My Life as Dinosaur Dental Floss, he was an effeminate momma's boy. When he showed up later in the series, in book 16, he was basically a Mugsy expy, complete with a Simpleton Voice. When the terrorists reappeared in book 23, however, he reverted back to the aforementioned momma's boy persona.
  • Clark Kenting: Parodied along with a whole host of Superhero Tropes in Wally's stories.
  • Closer to Earth: Wally's mom.
  • Dark and Troubled Past:
    • Wall Street, as revealed in book 3.
    • Gary in book 1.
  • Darker and Edgier: My Life As Crocodile Junkfood was considerably darker than any of the previous books as well as any of the subsequent books, presenting the reader with several cases of Family-Unfriendly Violence and at least one Tear Jerker moment.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Wally himself.
  • Denser and Wackier: Book 5 was the first case of this. From that point, the books in the series would alternate; some plots being relatively plausible and some just being insane.
  • Disappeared Dad: Gary
  • The Dreaded: Gary, at first.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Gary the Gorilla, which is also his Berserk Button.
  • Freudian Trio: Junk-food munching soft-hearted Opera is The Id, ruthless, intelligent Corrupt Corporate Executive With A Heart Of Gold in the making Wall Street is The Super Ego, and Wally is The Ego.
  • Grand Finale: Book 11: My Life As Polluted Pond Scum. Didn't stop the series from continuing, though; albeit under a new publisher.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: George in book 4. Subverted in that he actually survived.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Wally's superhero stories invariably end with the villain becoming good.
  • Hollywood Nerd: Type 1.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Wall Street in book 21. "Skysurfing Skateboarder". Here Wall Street couldn't care less what plans Wally had with Opera and Little Buddy Leroy, she just keeps telling Wally that if you want to win, you gotta put yourself before everyone else. She does this more than once during the book.
  • Jerk Jock: Wally's older brothers can be this on occasion, usually via annoying pranks more than anything else.
  • Karma Houdini: James Blond in Book 14, although he and Wally parted on friendly terms
  • The Klutz: Wally, and how
  • Lemony Narrator: Wally
  • Lethal Chef: Wally's little sister, Carrie. It's a running gag throughout the series that she is this, as, when it's her turn to cook, she dishes out stuff like candied Brussels sprouts, cauliflower cobbler, and boiled ice cream. Wally is also implied to be this in book #24. At one point he cooks breakfast for Opera's parents and not only burns the toast, eggs, and bacon, but even their orange juice.
  • Lethal Klutz: Wally is this to the extent that he's apparently been declared a "national disaster area." Whatever happens on his misadventures, you can bet that massive property damage and possible police intervention are sure to follow.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: ''My Life As A Computer Cockroach": Long story short, Wally's antics with his computer, which now has the ability to affect reality with what is typed into it, ultimately lead up to him inadvertently causing the Y2K bug.
  • No Sense of Humor: Pretty much everyone in Wally's superhero stories (usually the superhero) groans at "bad" jokes, even the ones that are Actually Pretty Funny. Everyone in the "Real World" is also this to a lesser extent. And they all think that the reader has no sense of humor too, expecting you to groan at every joke. (Something it shares with sister series Mcgee And Me.)
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Averted for Opera, whose real name was revealed to be Oliver in book 7 "Human Hockey Puck", but played straight with Wall Street, whose real name is not revealed.
  • Postscript Season: Book 12 onward; the closest thing the series had to an ongoing plot was Wally's dad trying to get his son to be more like a real man, and this was finally resolved in book 11.
  • Pursued Protagonist: Wally in books 4 and 5.
  • Running Gag: Gary trying to coax Wally into surrendering to the authorities throughout book 5.
  • Save the Villain: Book 14: My Life as a Screaming Skydiver
  • Series Continuity Error: In book #18 "Beat-Up Basketball Backboard", Wall Street mentions making money off of Wally since kindergarten, but Wally's only known her (and Opera) since the first book, where they were twelve.
  • Skewed Priorities: My Life As Dinosaur Dental Floss: Wall Street gives away her hiding place to the terrorists when she tries to catch a dollar bill that one of said terrorists dropped.
  • Shaggy Dog Story: Book 5. Wally has gone through absolute hell to keep terrorists from getting their hands on a vat of mysterious liquid which both he and they are convinced is a dangerous chemical weapon; it turns out that they're both wrong, it's just a jar of rhubarb sauce.
  • Show Within a Show: In each book, Wally writes a superhero story, the complete text of which we are given.
  • Spy Fiction: Book 14 is basically one huge parody of the Martini variety.
  • Take That: There's quite a few in book 18, such as this rather harsh one at Blues Clues:
    Wally: Wall Street not making money off of me would be like water flowing uphill, or snow in July, or for them to make a show about a weird blue dog that gives clues.
  • Teen Superspy: In book 14. Naturally, this was Played for Laughs
  • íThree Amigos!: Wally, Opera, and Wall Street
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Opera started off being a fairly smart kid, but as the series went on, his intelligence grew lower and lower until he reached Patrick Star levels in the last couple of books.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: The main trio fit both the gender roles and the trope, but while Wall Street is the girl, she's The Lancer, while Opera is The Chick.
  • Who's Laughing Now?: The Big Bad in My Life As Polluted Pond Scum.
  • WhereTheHeckIsMiddleton: It's never shown were Wally's town is, but there are several implications that it may be in Ohio or another state in the Midwest.
  • With Friends Like These...: Wally's relationship with Wall Street is best described as this.

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